Withdrawal of Benefits, Article 2 and Inquests

Dove v HM Assistant Coroner for Teesside and Hartlepool [2021] EWHC 2511 (Admin) Facts Ms Whiting had spinal conditions since her early twenties, which gave her back pain, required surgery, and regular painkillers. She also had a history of mental health problems (depression, drug dependence, and emotionally unstable personality disorder)…

The Justice Committee Report into the Coroners Service – is a long overdue overhaul in the offing?

The House of Commons Justice Committee – The Coroner Service – First Report of Session 2021-2022 On 27 May 2021, following an inquiry into the effectiveness and capacity of the Coroner Service in England and Wales, the House of Commons Justice Committee published a report calling for a number of…

Equivocal Admissions and Inquest Costs

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service v Veevers [2020] EWHC 2550 (Comm) An admission of liability before an inquest can have a substantial effect on the recoverability of the family’s inquest costs. An early and full admission may extinguish them entirely. But in the cautionary case of Veevers, the High…